AB 56-30 b


  • AB 799 Sensu (front)
  • AB 83-8 Uchiwa
  • AB 1106 c Yatate
  • AB 990b Necklace
  • AB 69-4 Wagasa
  • AB 456 Purse
  • AB 67-26 Tenugui
  • AB 86-4 Hat (side)
  • 2009.195.1 Key Chain (front)
  • 2009.113.1 a-c Hairpin & Box
  • 2009.110.1 a-d Hair Accessory Set
  • AB 1006 Sensu (open)
  • AB 66-16 Wagasa
  • AB 55-36 Purse (closed)
  • AB XX 81 Wagasa
  • AB 56-30 b Wagasa (open)
  • AB 76-85 Purse
  • 2013.XX.9 Sensu (open)
  • AB 890 Sensu (front)
  • AB 76-110 Sensu
What is it?
Wagasa (Parasol)
What is it made of?
Where is it from?
When was it made?
Object ID
AB 56-30 b

This wagasa is made of hand-painted silk on a bamboo frame. The silk is a sheer teal color and features an image of a sakura (cherry blossom) branch with open blossoms and young red leaves. The outer ribbing is painted black and has a highly decorative kagari-ito (the decorative weave of strings on the inner ribbings); it consists of four colors: red, yellow, light-blue, and pink. The lower end of the black handle is wrapped in cream-colored plastic twine for grip.

Wagasa (literally "Japanese umbrella") are traditionally made from oiled paper. Surface paintings of wagasa usually feature traditional Japanese imagery. While they are used in daily life, wagasa are typically associated with geisha, traditional dance, and the tea ceremony. Different color wagasa have different connotations and symbolism; for example, in traditional weddings, brides are usually covered under a red oil-paper umbrella. 

Donated by Miss Carrie Stone, 1956
AB 56-30 b Wagasa (open)